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Old World Pfeffernusse Cookies

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Traditionally baked during 'Sinterklaas', a feast on 5 December (6 December in Belgium and Germany) on which little children receive gifts from the holy St. Nicholas, the partial inspiration for Santa Claus. In Germany, Pfeffernüsse are traditionally made during the Christmas season.

. Prep
15 min.
15 min.
Ready In
30 min.
60 servings
Low Fat, Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Very low in sodium, Low Sodium
Metric measurements


1/2cup butterVideo or margarine, softened
3/4cup brown sugarVideo packed*
1/2cup molasses
1each eggVideo
1tablespoon liqueur licorice flavor, optional
3 1/4cups flour, all-purpose
1teaspoon baking sodaVideo
1teaspoon cinnamonVideo ground
1/2teaspoon cloves ground
1/4teaspoon nutmeg ground*
1dash black pepper *
1x powdered sugarVideo *
* not incl. in nutrient facts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.

Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl until creamy.

Beat in molasses, egg and liqueur, if desired, until light and fluffy.

Mix in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper.

Shape level Tablespoon of dough into balls.

Place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake 12-14 minutes until set.

Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets.

Remove to wire racks; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Cool completely. Store in airtight containers.

First published: last updated: 2014-12-17

5 stars - based on 1 ratings, best: 5, worst: 0, reviews: 1


Reviewed: about 7 years ago

I tried these cookies today, very easy, the recipe worked perfectly. Excellent recipe.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 13g (0.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 4833% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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